Color blocking because…Marcel Marlier made me do it. Who is Marcel Marlier? He was a children’s book illustrator and drew kids with great, classic style and has been inspiring others! Suz from Sew Pony and An from Straight Grain have started a sewing series inspired by Marcel Marlier, in fact they have a great pinterest board full of inspiration!
So I have to be honest here and say I didn’t know who Marcel Marlier was…but when I heard children’s book, I was intrigued. We are a book loving family, so off to the library I went in search of one of her books. I found one, in French (which I don’t speak), but I took it to a friend of mine who kindly told me the gist of the story. But really I was interested in looking at the pictures, and I loved every single illustration in the book. I showed it to Sweet Pea, and she said, “ooh, can you make me the ballerina dress?”
I’ve said this many times, but anything knit is a hit with my girl…so I looked through my fabrics and found some blue Robert Kaufman jersey and a little purple jersey I had picked up in the Jo Ann’s remnant bin. I grabbed my First Day Dress pattern, and started laying the fabric out. This pattern has a handful of options, but to match the “ballerina dress” I used the swing dress in a size 9. I decided to do my color blocking in a few areas. For the skirt, I cut along the shortest skirt line (size 2) and used that as my color blocking line. I won’t go into the color blocking how to because there’s a really great tutorial on the Oliver and S blog. I cut out the rest of the skirt length in the blue jersey (all the way down to the size 9 line).
For the top of the dress, I decided I wanted to do the front in purple and the back in blue. The First Day Dress pattern has identical front and back pieces. I modified that a bit by lowering the front neck line 1.5 inches and widening it by .5 inch on both sides. Two more pattern changes…I added pockets in the side seams of the skirt, and I also finished the armholes and neckfollowing Rachael’s tutorial here.
I finished off the neck and armholes with my twin needle, which I am learning to love. And I also decided to leave the bottom band unhemmed. The jersey will curl a bit with wash, which doesn’t bother me a bit. In fact, I kind of like the casual look it gives the dress!
There is a great sewalong to link your Marcel projects two on An and Suz’s blogs, and there’s also a great giveaway that you should enter below! My fingers are crossed that your name will be the lucky name drawn, because I sure know I’d love to win all these gift cards to go fabric shopping!
Make sure to check out all of the other great Marcel Marlier inspiration. There’s a beautiful dress over at Aesthetic Nest today…along with many more creations to come!